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What fats do I need to be wary of?

fat Jan 07, 2021

In general, we want to be wary of saturated fat and trans fat. They are associated with plaque build-up and chronic disease, like heart disease and stroke. Whereas, mono- and polyunsaturated fats are healthy fats, which make up a nutritious component of our diet. 


This brief overview alone demonstrates that not all fats are created equally. 
But what exactly are the benefits of the ‘good’ fats? And what do we need to be mindful of? Today we will provide a distinction between good and bad fats and some recommendations to make mindful choices.

 

Good fats 

These fats are generally plant-based and come from foods like olive oil, nuts and fatty fish. Each subtype of fat (mono- and polyunsaturated) have a protective effect on heart and brain health. 

 

 Monounsaturated:

  • Monounsaturated fat's primary role is to increase good cholesterol and decrease bad cholesterol in the body.
  • The major food sources include avocados, nuts (almonds,...
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